I have been told for years that I should meditate. My response has always been, ‘thanks, but my ADHD makes this impossible.’ This is like me telling one of my athletes not to mobilize their shoulders because they’re stuck.
Yes, meditating can be hard for me because my mind is constantly chasing squirrels, but this is what makes it so important for me to meditate.
About a month ago I had a conversation with Andrew Sims. He suggested that I start meditating as a way to process the inundation of information and BS we constantly get thrown at us, and throw at ourselves. He was convincing, and I agreed to give it a shot.
Plus, I always remind our members they should attack their weaknesses and work to improve, so I would be a hypocrite if I chose not to mediate because I had to work at it.
I’m starting small. I take ten minutes a day about three days a week to meditate. Right now I’m following a guided program, Headspace, which is a free app. After the initial ten days following the app, I will have the skills to go it alone.
So far so good. Although far from perfect, for me it’s a great exercise in patience, determination and it allows me to filter what goes through my mind, and how to deal with thoughts as they come. This helps me when I’m coaching classes, working with my young athletes, or trying to write a blog post with the internet one click away.
Give meditation a shot. Maybe you’ll find it works for you. I’m no expert, but I imagine there are a lot of ways to meditate. I find that yoga acts as a form of meditation for me, as does riding my motorcycle in the middle of nowhere.
No matter what form meditation may take for you, it’s nice to have a way to decompress.
Do you meditate? What works for you?